Letters to the Editor

Cost of legalization

Phil Dirkx is missing some important history in regard to legalizing another drug, (Marijuana laws don’t burn users, July 25). Once you legalize a drug, it gains cultural approval and its use skyrockets. What did legalizing alcohol do for us? The No. 1 drug problem in the United States is alcohol. Every year it kills more Americans than the entire seven-year U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War killed. One-fourth of all hospital beds are filled because of alcohol. Its negative history is very lengthy. Broken families, higher insurance rates, more incarcerations, etc. We can’t afford another legal drug.